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Yachty by Nature headlines Grapes for Grads® scholarship fundraiser at Festival of Arts Grounds on April 28

Grapes for Grads, Laguna’s premier wine tasting event, to be held for the 14th time on Sunday, April 28, from 1 to 5 p.m., features not only wine tasting from over 80 wineries, but also live music from the well-known local band Yachty by Nature.

Yachty by Nature is a tight 6-piece band that brings the finest in groovy soft rock from the late 70s and early 80s. Attendees at Grapes for Grads® will hear many of their favorite artists like Michael McDonald, Hall and Oates, Boz Scaggs, Steely Dan, Toto, Christopher Cross, the Eagles, among others.

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Yachty by Nature will headline Grapes for Grads charity event on April 28

Grapes for Grads® is an annual wine tasting event and scholarship fundraiser hosted by Rotary Club of Laguna Beach. The event raises money for scholarships to assist students who attend Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and graduates of Laguna Beach High School (LBHS) who are headed to college. The focus is on students who show excellence in academics or art and a strong commitment to community and who may otherwise lack the resources to achieve their educational goals.

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(L-R) Lisa Farber, Laurie Allen, and Adriana Guzman at 2018 Grapes for Grads

Guests will have the opportunity to taste wines from California and all around the world, including Argentina, France, Italy, New Zealand, and more, while enjoying music from Yachty by Nature in the beautiful Festival of Arts grounds. Delicious food from Wine Gallery, Oak, Maro Wood Grill, Harley Laguna Beach, and Moulin will also be served. There will also be live art demonstrations and exhibitions to enjoy by LCAD students at the event. This is going to be an unforgettable afternoon. 

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Silent auction popular at 2018 event

Last year, the proceeds were estimated at $80,000 (gross) from the 13th Annual Grapes for Grads fundraiser hosted and staffed by Rotary members. “We knocked it out of the park,” said Jeffrey Redeker, chair of the 2018 event.

After last year’s festivities, President of LCAD Jonathan Burke, said, “Scholarships from Grapes for Grads will make a positive and immediate difference to our students who require financial assistance. Thank you for helping our talented and deserving students. Your gift is an investment in the future, every day that future is designed and created by our students.”

Join in on the fun for a great cause. For more information or to buy tickets, go to

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